Appleton Soldier Killed In Afghanistan
Garrick Eppinger Sr. says his son told him he loved serving his country.
"I'm an American, I'm proud to be one and any time my country calls me to service I'm going," Eppinger says.
Garrick Eppinger Jr. died doing just that. The youngest of five siblings was shot in Afghanistan on Saturday. Eppinger had recently deployed to Afghanistan with the 395th Ordnance Company based in Appleton, after having already served two tours of duty in Iraq.
"I'm very proud of him, he's a hero and he loved his country and he served his country, he loved God and he served God and we know where he is," says his mother Linda Eppinger.
Eppinger's parents both served in the military and Linda says she had a bad feeling about his going overseas for a third time.
"This time going over there I just had a really bad feeling about it and things have happened and you know there is nothing you can do about it."
The Army Sergeant graduated from Appleton North High School in 2005 and was taking classes at UW-Fox Valley before deploying with more than 100 members of the 395th in July. He leaves behind a daughter, who his parents say was his greatest joy in life.